The Chinese Moon Festival, which is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is a traditional Chinese Celebration that dates back to the Tang Dynasty. It is celebrated every year on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month in the Chinese calendar (which will be September 19th) when the moon is at its fullest and brightest of the year. Traditionally, it is a family holiday, when families gather to watch the full moon rise and enjoy pastries made specifically for the event called “moon cakes”. These small cakes along with hot tea will be available for purchase during the festival.
-Storytelling – Learn the legend of the Rabbit on the Moon and many more!
-Mooncakes and Tea (a small cost for mooncakes)
-Lion Dance Performance
-Get Your Name in Chinese Calligraphy
-Games and Crafts
-Tai Chi Demonstration
-View the full moon with high-powered telescopes
-Cooking demonstration with authentic Chinese cuisine
-View Riverside’s Chinatown artifacts and photographs from the Museum’s collections telling the story of what life was like as a Chinese immigrant during the city’s earlier days.
The Chinese Moon Festival will be held September 19th from 6-8pm at the Heritage House located at 8193 Magnolia Ave. in Riverside. This FREE Festival is done in partnership with San Diego Huaxia Chinese School, Riverside Campus and Riverside Astronomical Society
Event Parking: Due to limited parking at the Heritage House, please plan to park on the street or across the street at the YWCA. Please note that the YWCA’s parking gate will be locked after 4:30 pm.